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Texas foster children in need of donations during COVID-19 crisis

Posted at 10:37 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 07:37:30-04

WACO, TX — Schools and businesses are closed, but the foster care system in Texas is still open.

Approximately 900 caseworkers are still in the field, and families are struggling to make sure kids in care have what they need.

When kids go into the care of CPS, they often have nothing.

"Children are removed daily 24/7 and they need support. They are one of our most vulnerable populations," said Marcus Cantu with the non-profit organization Partnerships for Children.

The Waco Rainbow Room is still open to CPS caseworkers to gather necessities for foster children and those in CPS care.

"If you can donate diapers, an extra bottle of shampoo, an extra pair of new clothing, that will help support a child in need," said Cantu.

Partnerships for Children operates the Waco Rainbow Room.

"With the need growing, PFC is not only trying to keep our shelves stocked but we're also expanding our services to provide grocery gift cards and meals through the Comfort Food Care Packages," said Cantu.

An Amazon Wish List is set up so you can donate without even leaving your home.

The most needed items include diapers sizes 3, 4 and 5, as well as toiletries and teen clothing.

One little boy even received a new bicycle.

His caseworker say it will help keep him busy during uncertain times.

Coronavirus has put a strain on the system, and with many adoptions on hold, PFC's mission is even more critical.

Check out the Waco Rainbow Room Amazon Wish List here.

Learn more about helping foster children in need here.